Themes for the Learning Technologies Summer Forum and Learning Skills Group Conference

On June 18th, hundreds of learning and development professionals will be gathering at London’s Olympia 2 for the Learning Technologies Summer Forum and Learning and Skills Group conference.

The two events, which follow on from the successful Learning Technologies 2013, which took place in January, will feature 30 free seminars as well as a full day of talks covering a range of hot topics including collaborative learning, learning evaluation and content delivery. The forum will also showcase 32 leading industry suppliers, ourselves here at learndirect included.

We take a look at some of the areas which will be covered at the forum and conference and why companies need to be aware of them if they are to run effective training and development programmes.


Social learning

E-learning is a great way for people to fit training and development around their work and social lives, allowing them to log-on anytime, anywhere and work at their own pace. Thanks to technological developments, employers are now able to increasingly exploring collaborative approaches to e-learning using social tools such as blogs, webinars, wikis, podcasts and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Learn more at the conference: Harold Jarche, of, will be discussing the Move to Social Learning at 15.30 in conference room 1.


Mastering mobile

Smartphone and tablet use is on the rise, both for personal and work-related reasons, and such devices are also becoming more prevalent within the learning environment. Some 70% of organisations plan to implement mobile learning in the next two years, according to Towards Maturity. Mobile learning offers a number of advantages, with companies reporting that it helps boost productivity and enables learners to put their newfound skills and knowledge into practice quickly.

It can also help save companies money, as mobile devices are typically cheaper than PCs and laptops, and can be used to diversify the learning activities people take part in.

Learn more at the forum: You can find out more about mobile learning at the ‘Mastering mobile learning: developing content for multiple platforms’ seminar by Kallidus at 13.00 in Theatre 2.

Learn more at the conference: Chris Atherton, a freelance user experience architect at Finite Attention, will be discussing mobile devices in a Mobile Learning session at 15.30 in conference room 3.


Encouraging emotional investment

Training and developing your employees is one of the best investments you can make as an employer, but to ensure you get the best returns you need to ensure that workers are emotionally invested in the process and want to succeed; something which can be tricky given the current uncertainty around job security in many industries.

Inspiring engagement by helping people visualise putting their new skills into action or encouraging them to take ownership of the course they are undertaking will help ensure that everyone gets the most out of the training.

Learn more at the forum: Find out more about engaging employees with e-learning at Saffron Interactive’s ‘e-Learning in the age of uncertainty: achieving behaviour change through emotional investment’ seminar in Theatre 3 at 12.15.


What we’ll be doing at Learning Technologies Summer Forum

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be supporting the forum and will be involved in hosting a seminar on one of the key topics of the day – supporting remote learners.

Technology today allows employers and trainers to offer support and feedback to learners in a variety of different ways, whether it’s through email, webinars, online forums, virtual communities, interactive resources, apps or video.

Our Head of Business Solutions Alan Howard will be discussing the ways in which we provide skills & qualifications remotely, using our dedicated support centre, to thousands of learners a year combining tutors, innovative technology and courseware to deliver high quality staff training.

Learn more about our seminar at the forum: ‘Remote learner support on a national scale: a case study from  learndirect’ in Theatre 3 at 10.45       


In addition to hosting our seminar, representatives from the learndirect team will also be at stand no.33 in the exhibition hall throughout the day, so pop over and say hello!

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

If you can’t join us at the event and would like more information on our business training solutions, please call us on 0845 034 0849.